Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Discussion== '''Observation''': I will let somebody list the jobs if they feel like it, but I will propose that, having tracked the eighteenth-century possibilities for four years, this is the second-best year. Only the preternatural selection of good positions two years ago (2007) was better. So enter the market with optimism! :A: I don't get it. (Sorry!) YOu're being sarcastic, right? There don't seem to be many openings this year to me! :A: This is my 3rd year on the market in one capacity or another, and I have to agree with the answer above. A good many of the "18th-century" jobs out there this year are being marketed as some version of "the long 19th century." :A: It seems inevitable that after having coopted other centuries for so long, we c18s would experience the same thing. I'm just focusing on the fact that I'm prepared to teach a wide array of materials, from a couple of centuries. :A: The part of the initial observation that I find to be most bizarre is the first clause. There aren't even 20 solidly 18th-century jobs here. Optimism is good, but realism is also acceptable... :A: I'm not sure about how the overall number of jobs compares with previous years. There are always less eighteenth-century jobs than early-modern jobs or Victorian jobs, just as there are less of us applying for them. This is a good year for good jobs. There are seven good research schools hiring (including USC's open-discipline 1600-1800 position and Northwestern's "around 1800" position). There are four really good liberal-arts colleges hiring. :A: Are there really fewer people in our field? It's certainly true at my university, but are there numbers or findings on that? Not that I don't enjoy the fact that we're a spectacular, unique, and very clubbable bunch! This is my 3rd year, too, for what it's worth, and I thought it was a pretty decent year given the economic slump that's caused lots of places, especially state schools, to enact hiring freezes. ::A: I think there are definitely fewer of us, at least where I am. All the people in my dept who say "your century is so boring" are now saying "how come there are so many eighteenth century jobs? waah!" I think it's a pretty good year in terms of what's posted, but I'm trying to be realistic and assume that at least a few will get canceled. Good luck to all! :A: But note how restrictive most of these jobs are! USC's search is open discipline; there's not even a guarantee that they'll hire someone in English, let alone in 18th-c. Similarly, Northwestern's is a Romanticist job. And Bard excludes Romanticism and Conn College has a particular focus, etc. And note how many small, religiously-affiliated jobs and/or jobs with 4-4 or 4-3 teaching loads there are. This really isn't a great year for 18thc. Let's hope it gets better next year and that all of those schools with hiring freezes life them! :) ::A: I agree that this isn't a great job list this year for 18th-C people. It's not awful, but there are fewer jobs, and fewer really desirable ones, than there were the last two years. And this is the third year in a row that Bard's running their search, which signals to me that there's something screwy at the institution (which, given Bard's reputation, isn't hard to believe). ::A: Hi, I'm just stopped by because one of the adjuncts at my institution just recently told me about this page and I was curious. For what it's worth to anyone, this is not the first multi-year search at Bard. My partner was on the job market from 1999 to 2002, and if I am remembering correctly, Bard advertised and interviewed for the Romanticist position every single year. Good luck to everyone here! :A: 27 of the jobs advertised in the JIL still appear to be a go. That's actually pretty good, <a href="[http://www.mla.org/pdf/tables_and_figures_for_jil.pdf http://www.mla.org/pdf/tables_and_figures_for_jil.pdf]"> considering that there were as few as 9 listed in 2003 and 11 in 2005.</a> The real difference this year seems to be the appallingly long waits and large number of cancelled jobs. '''Re: the organization of this wiki''': * I really think it's easier if we just post all interview info under each school below. That way you can look up a particular school and see any pertinent info without having to comb through multiple sections. ::I didn't post this section, but was hoping someone would -- I like having the "quick glance" sections for these sorts of things (MLA interviews, campus interviews, etc.) -- in addition to the by-school info below, especially since the by-school info is thick with lengthy (though helpful) discussion. [feel free to delete/move this statement as needed] :I don't care either way, BUT in previous years (ha) I have found the quick-glance section at the top to be helpful. :I think the quick list at the top is really helpful, too; if you see the school listed, you can then look below for more info. And it prevents you from having to scroll through the whole list to find out about interviews... '''Re: Cancelled Searches and the Job Outlook''' :At this point I'm beginning to think we should create a special section for canceled searches! :This is definitely getting scary. It seemed like things couldn't get much worse for humanists.... What is going to happen to academia with the huge oversurplus of jobseekers that the economic situation is sure to create over the next few years? ::Let's all hope that this downturn follows previous patterns and enrollment surges over the next few years, making it impossible for these institutions to put off hiring any longer. I have to believe that at some point there will be a demand for the eighteenth century... The best that new PhDs can hope for is that budget squeezes lead to an overall emphasis on junior rather than senior hiring. Some hiring will have to be done over the next five years as the generation hired during the glut years of the 60s start to retire en masse. Junior faculty are considerably cheaper than senior faculty. QED ... Dahling, perhaps you haven't realized that many people's retirement savings have been WIPED OUT. Lots of people who were going to retire and indeed want to retire, now can't. But I'm with you on the hope. '''Re: Immiment Interviews/General Comments''' Comment: As the Thanksgiving holiday ends, I can only assume that more committees will be meeting, and that we'll all start hearing news of interviews. I just wanted to wish everyone well -- there's always a lot of anxiety, but one comfort about the wiki is knowing that others are in the same spot, so thanks to all for information sharing. Good luck, compatriots! Comment: Good luck to all from here as well! And good luck to the person with the flyback at McMaster! Comment: I think this will be a big week. Good luck to everyone! The silence of the small schools is ominous... :Of course cancellation is possible, but certainly there's a chance that the dreaded "Finalists aren't Wiki-ites" is in play (P.S. -- Thank you Shepherd updater!) And is it possible that some of the smaller places are waiting to see how January/early Feb shook out? (ie, we know of at least two offers accepted, and campus visits completed, yadda yadda) [[Category:AcademicJobSearch]] Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Academic Jobs Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://academicjobs.wikia.org/wiki/Restoration_2009"